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Wenonah places 3 on ASWA All-State girls basketball team

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NW Champions 2017

Four-time Class 5A defending champion Wenonah placed three players on the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State girls basketball team.

Alexus Dye, Faith Reynolds and Jayla Morrow all earned spots on the team while Wenonah’s Emanuel Bell was selected Class 5A Coach of the Year.

Dye was named to the first team, Reynolds the second team and Morrow the third team.

Dye started for the Dragons since her sophomore season, averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 rebounds a game during her career. The senior led Wenonah (31-3) with 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds a game this season.

Bell missed preseason practice and the first two games of the season while battling lung cancer. He returned to coaching despite still undergoing chemotherapy.

Bell guided the Dragons to their eighth overall title and fifth during his 21 years with the program, compiling a 485-178 career record. Wenonah also won the 2004 Class 6A crown under Bell.

Dye is one of several players named to the team for the third time while Brewbaker Tech’s Bianca Jackson is the only four-time selection to the team. South Carolina signee Jackson earned first-team honors each year since her freshman season.

Jackson was also the AL.com A-List No. 1 senior to start the season while Dye was No. 4 on the list.

Three-time selections include seniors Dye of Wenonah, Unique Thompson of Faith Academy, Queen Ford of Sipsey Valley, Kayla White of Montgomery Academy, Ataiya Bridges of Lanett, Darby Madden and Allie Kennedy of Red Bay, Nakia Kincey of Abbeville, Emme Willoughby of Cold Springs, Tyler Armistead of Patrician Academy, Tazsa Garrett-Hammett of Springwood and Lauren Johnson of Pike Liberal Arts.

Three-time selections are juniors Hannah Barber and Ajah Wayne of Homewood, Karleigh Sledge of Deshler, Allie Craig Cruce of Lauderdale County, Chelsea Leach of Colbert County, and sisters LaTora and LaTascya Duff of Samson.

Sophomore River Baldwin of Pleasant Home is also a three-time selection.

All first-team selections are eligible to be named class Player of the Year and Miss Basketball. The three finalists in each class for Player of the Year will be released on Wednesday while Mr. and Miss Basketball will be announced during a banquet on April 4.

CLASS 5A
First team
Jirah Ards, Eufaula, Sr., G, 5-7
Maori Davenport, Charles Henderson, So., C, 6-4
Alexus Dye, Wenonah, Sr., F, 6-0
Bianca Jackson, Brewbaker Tech, Sr., G, 5-11
Unique Thompson, Faith Academy, Sr., C-F, 6-2

Second team
Camille Buckhanon, Talladega, Jr., C, 6-2
Tierra Dark, Sylacauga, Sr., G, 5-8
Khyli Rankins, Faith Academy, Jr., G, 5-4
Faith Reynolds, Wenonah, Jr., G, 5-8
Lauren Watson, Arab, Jr., G, 5-9

Third team
Amaz Carmichael, Lincoln, Jr., C, 6-2
Rachel Johnson, Eufaula, Jr., F, 5-8
Tiara McLeod, Carroll, Jr., F, 6-0
Jayla Morrow, Wenonah, Sr., G, 5-7
Shunterius Stephens, Central-Tuscaloosa, Sr., C, 5-8

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